Greek Public Sector Union Calls for Strike Action



ADEDY union members on a protest (file photo)

The public sector employees’ union ADEDY is again boycotting the evaluation of staff working for the state, urging them to go on strike.

In order to avoid last year’s failed attempt to evaluate public sector and municipality employees, the Ministry of Administrative Reconstruction has proceeded with the creation of an electronic civil-servant register.

Last year, there were no municipal evaluations and only 70 percent of employees working in ministries were scrutinized. According to ADEDY, the ultimate goal of the evaluations is the firing of some employees.

This time an electronic platform has been set to collect information on employees and conduct the evaluation procedures electronically, without the participation of staff.

ADEDY is now calling on all public sector employees to not provide any information to their respective department heads because it would be used for the electronic scrutiny.

“We call on all unions and federations to inform their colleagues immediately to organize massive participation of all employees in the strike and to abstain from all evaluation procedures,” ADEDY said in a statement.

Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA), Administrative Reconstruction Minister Olga Gerovassili expressed confidence that the electronic platform will work smoothly and the evaluations will be carried out as planned.

The public-sector employees evaluation is one of the prerequisites of the bailout program and needs to be completed by June.

Gerovassili told AMNA that the union should deliberate with her ministry which “is always open to dialogue on all matters regarding public administration”.

So far, all meetings between the ministry and the union have proved fruitless.